Internet auction site eBay said today (July 5) it had begun removing illegal DVD copies of last weekend's Live 8 concerts from its Web site, after the record industry complained. Some of the pirate re

Internet auction site eBay said today (July 5) it had begun removing illegal DVD copies of last weekend's Live 8 concerts from its Web site, after the record industry complained. Some of the pirate recordings on the site early today were on sale within 24 hours of the conclusion of the Saturday event, and have been attracting bids of up to £16.99 ($31) each.

While the concerts were free, EMI paid millions of pounds for the rights to release the official DVD of the event, which Bob Geldof organized to put pressure on world leaders to devote increased attention to African poverty.

"There are too many people out there who believe music is for stealing, regardless of the wishes of artists and the people who invest in them," said David Martin, director of anti-piracy at the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). "Sadly we are not at all surprised by this incident."

eBay said it had begun removing the listings. "The unauthorized copies of Live 8 DVDs we have been told about have been taken down, because the sale of fake items is not permitted on eBay.co.uk," the site said in a statement.

The auction site has already been labeled an "electronic pimp" by Geldof after free Live 8 tickets appeared on the site ahead of Saturday's concerts. It suspended some of the accounts of users who placed hoax bids for the tickets of up to 10 million pounds in order to sabotage the sales.

Meanwhile, several cuts from the show are now available through legitimate digital download retailers. Universal Music serviced Paul McCartney and U2's rendition of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to 200 online music stores within an hour of its performance. The track is currently the No. 1 download on iTunes in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Italy. Proceeds from the download sales are being donated to Live 8.


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